NSLBP: Non-Specific Lower Back Pain

See video below for a concise version of this blog Non-Specific is probably not how you want anyone to diagnose you. Depending how the diagnosis of NSLBP is packaged, you might have questions like: “Why can’t you tell me exactly what’s causing my pain?”“Do I need an X-Ray or MRI done to find the cause […]

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AxSpA & AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis)

AxSpA AxSpA is an abbreviation of Axial Spondyloarthritis. It may also go by AS, although this is more commonly used for ankylosing spondylitis. AxSpA literally means “spinal arthritis”, but the condition is more specific than that. It is a very under-diagnosed inflammatory condition, in the same family as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s […]

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Sciatica

(Or more broadly: radicular pain, “trapped nerve”) Sciatica is a commonly misused term. Technically it only refers to pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve, which typically presents as a clear line of pain down the back of the leg. Sciatica is a radiculopathy (irritation of the nerve) often caused by an intervertebral disc […]

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Degenerative Disc Disease

The discs in the spine are well attached to the vertebrae directly above and below them. They act as a cushion for shock absorbing, and they can be twisted and squashed to allow for movement through the spine. A good analogy for their anatomy is to imagine a jam doughnut, where the outside is tougher […]

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